April 12

DC $350 Million Rental Assistance Fund

Washington, DC’s Mayor announced today a $350 Million program to assist landlords and tenants with unpaid rent.  The programs is called Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAY DC). Residential landlords and tenants can apply for the grant to cover past and future rental payments in addition to utilities like water, gas, and electricity.

DC’s press release states, “To qualify for STAY DC, you must be a renter or housing provider in the District who is at risk, or has a tenant at risk, of not paying rent or utilities on a residential dwelling. An applicant’s total 2020 annual household income, as set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, may not exceed designated levels according to household size. For example, a family of four must make less than $79,600. Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance going back to April 1, 2020, and 3 months of assistance for future payments at a time for a total of 18 months of assistance.”

Renters and housing providers can begin submitting applications for rental and utility assistance today at stay.dc.gov. Applicants can call the STAY DC Call Center at 833-4-STAYDC for assistance. More information can also be found at https://dhcd.dc.gov/service/covid-19-rental-assistance.  A copy of the FAQs can be found here.

Please contact our office at 202-269-3333 with any questions.

December 17

DC eviction filing ban struck

In a case argued by Battino & Sokolow attorneys Aaron Sokolow and Vivianette Velazquez, the DC Superior Court has struck DC’s eviction filing ban as unconstitutional. This has a somewhat limited applicability because bans still exist on issuing many notices. However, this ruling is helpful to DC landlords. A story from the Washington Post, in which Aaron Sokolow was quoted, can be found here. The Court Order can be read here.

November 30

$10 Million DC Rent Grant

Today, DC announced a new $10 million rent grant program. Time is of the essence because applications open on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, close on Friday, December 11, 2020, and will be assessed on a rolling basis. The program will pay 80% of the delinquent rent if the landlord waives the remaining 20% and any unpaid fees. The grants will cover up to $2,000 per month since April 2020. You can read more about the program here in today’s Situational Update, starting on page 6.  Additional information can be found here.  Details on the program are not up on the DC COVID website (https://coronavirus.dc.gov/rent) as of November 30th, and we have not seen an application form, but we have been told to check back tomorrow.

Please contact our office at 202-269-3333 with any questions.

November 4

Washington, DC Landlord COVID-19 Information

The District of Columbia has established a webpage with information for landlords and tenants and new COVID-19 legislation. Importantly, it also identifies multiple rental assistance programs that can help tenants in paying rent. You can find the site here.

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